The New Science of Siblings


According to Dr. Laurie Kramer, one of the world’s leading experts on sibling behavior, play time can matter more than the fighting. In fact, siblings who don’t fight — but don’t play together either — end up not having warm relationships as adults.

Kramer’s body of research suggests that parents should worry less about how they break up sibling fights, and concentrate more on teaching brothers and sisters the skills of initiating play together. It’s not about conflict resolution, it’s conflict prevention: Less fighting will be the consequence of siblings initiating play in an amicable manner.

Journalist Po Branson Examines Why Playing Together Can Matter More Than the Fighting. Read more…

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